Change of Address

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Yes. Most non-U.S. citizens must report a change of address to USCIS within 10 days of the change, even if temporary.  Individuals can report a change of address using either the new Enterprise Change of Address (E-COA) self-service tool that can be accessed from your USCIS online account, or by completing a paper Form AR-11 and mailing it to the address listed on the form.  The AR-11 form is available at https://www.uscis.gov/ar-11 and further details on how to change your address can be found at: https://www.uscis.gov/addresschange.  The exceptions to this general rule are: Diplomats holding an A visa; official government representatives to an international organization holding a G visa; and certain nonimmigrants who do not possess a valid visa and who are in the U.S. for fewer than 30 days.  A separate AR-11 form must be completed for each non-U.S. citizen family member in the U.S.  If it has been more than 10 days since your change of address, we recommend that you still file the Form AR-11.  We recommend that you retain proof of filing Form AR-11 so that you have evidence of your compliance with the law.

U.S. citizens who have submitted a Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, must also report a change of address within 30 days by submitting Form I-865, Sponsor’s Notice of Change of Address to USCIS.

To report a change of address, please use the E-COA self-service tool that can be accessed from your USCIS online account.  If you do not have a USCIS online account, please create one following the instructions found at https://my.uscis.gov/.  You will also need to provide your last name, date of birth, and new physical and mailing addresses.

Individuals can also use the AR-11 change of address form, which can be found at:  https://www.uscis.gov/ar-11.  The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will not change your address with USCIS automatically.  You will need to update your information with both USCIS and USPS separately.

Petitions filed on your behalf by your employer (e.g. H-1B, L-1, I-140) should not be included because your change of address does not impact the petition. Applications such as those for pending adjustment of status, advance parole, employment authorization, dependent status, etc. must be included so that the USCIS can forward your documents to your new address.
The following individuals should check “Other” and specify their status:
  • Temporary Workers (such as “H”, “L”, “E”, “TN”, and “O” status)
  • Dependents
  • Students in F-1 status who have graduated and are on OPT
  • Research Scholars and Exchange Visitors (J–1)
  • If you last entered the U.S. pursuant to Advance Parole, you would check “Other” and “Parolee/I-485 Pending”.
Not all individuals have an “A” number (alien registration number). If you are a permanent resident or have an adjustment of status application pending, the USCIS will have issued an “A” number to you. It is a 9-digit number found on documents issued by the USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (“green card”), an I-485 Adjustment of Status application Receipt Notice, an Advance Parole document, etc. If you are currently in the United States pursuant to H-1B or H-4 status and do not have an Adjustment of Status application pending, you will most likely not have an “A” number.

Yes, all individuals in the United States who are not U.S. citizens (aside from the limited exceptions listed above) must report a change of address with USCIS through their online account using either the new E-COA self-service tool or by completing a paper Form AR-11 every time that they move/change residences.

Yes, both the new E-COA self-service tool and paper Form AR-11 provide an option to list a new mailing address.  The mailing address can be a P.O. Box or work address.

Please note that the physical address reported to USCIS must be a residential address.

Yes, unless you maintain your present address as your permanent residence and continue to receive mail there. All other temporary address changes must be reported. The E-COA self-service tool provides a space for you to indicate that the residence is temporary. You will then fill in the anticipated dates of stay at the temporary residence. If you will be staying at a hotel/motel, you should provide the hotel/motel address as your temporary residence.

This is the air, land or sea border at which your immigration documents were reviewed/checked by an immigration officer the last time that you entered the U.S. (e.g. Los Angeles airport, Vancouver airport, San Ysidro Port of Entry, etc.).

This is the date that you most recently entered the United States.  For additional assistance, you can access your most recent I-94 arrival/departure document at: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home.

This is the date of expiration listed on your most recent I-94 card (either issued upon your most recent admission into the U.S. or with your most recent I-797 approval). If you were last admitted to the US pursuant to an Advance Parole document, you may write the expiration of the I-94 card issued to you, along with the notation “I-485 pending”.

We recommend that you keep a copy of the form and send the form via certified mail/return receipt requested so that you have evidence of your compliance with the law.

We recommend that you keep a copy of the form and send the form to the address listed on the downloaded Form AR-11 (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/document/forms/ar-11.pdf) via certified mail/return receipt requested so that you have evidence of your compliance with the law.

Yes. Within 10 days of a residential change of address, even a temporary change of address, most non-U.S. citizens must complete Form AR-11 either electronically or by mail.  The AR-11 is available at www.usics.gov.  The exceptions to this general rule are: Diplomats holding an A visa; official government representatives to an international organization holding a G visa; and certain nonimmigrants who do not possess a valid visa and who are in the U.S. for fewer than 30 days.. A separate AR-11 must be completed for each non-U.S. citizen family member in the U.S. If it has been more than 10 days since your change of address, we recommend that you still file the Form AR-11. We recommend that you retain proof of filing Form AR-11 so that you have evidence of your compliance with the law.Petitions filed on your behalf by your employer (e.g. H-1B, L-1, I-140) should not be included because your change of address does not impact the petition. Applications such as those for pending adjustment of status, advance parole, employment authorization, dependent status, etc. must be included so that the USCIS can forward your documents to your new address.The following individuals should check “Other” and specify their status:

  • Temporary Workers (such as “H”, “L”, “E”, “TN”, and “O” status)
  • Dependents
  • Students in F-1 status who have graduated and are on OPT
  • Research Scholars and Exchange Visitors (J–1)
  • If you last entered the U.S. pursuant to Advance Parole, you would check “Other” and “Parolee/I-485 Pending”.

Not all individuals have an “A” number (alien registration number). If you are a permanent resident or have an adjustment of status application pending, the USCIS will have issued an “A” number to you. It is a 9-digit number found on documents issued by the USCIS, such as a Permanent Resident Card (“green card”), an I-485 Adjustment of Status application Receipt Notice, an Advance Parole document, etc. If you are currently in the United States pursuant to H-1B or H-4 status and do not have an Adjustment of Status application pending, you will most likely not have an “A” number.Yes, all individuals in the United States who are not U.S. citizens (aside from the limited exceptions listed above) must complete Form AR-11 form every time that they move/change residences.Even if you receive all of your mail at a P.O. Box, indicate your RESIDENTIAL address. The USCIS has made it very clear that your RESIDENTIAL address must be provided, not an office or work address.Yes, unless you maintain your present address as your permanent residence and continue to receive mail there. All other temporary address changes must be reported. The Form AR-11 provides a space for you to indicate that the residence is temporary. You will then fill in the anticipated dates of stay at the temporary residence. If you will be staying at a hotel/motel, you should provide the hotel/motel address as your temporary residence.This is the air, land or sea border at which your immigration documents were reviewed/checked by an immigration officer the last time that you entered the U.S. (e.g. Los Angeles airport, Vancouver airport, San Ysidro Port of Entry, etc.).This is the date that you most recently entered the United States.This is the date of expiration listed on your most recent I-94 card. If you were last admitted to the US pursuant to an Advance Parole document, you may write the expiration of the I-94 card issued to you, along with the notation “I-485 pending”.We recommend that you keep a copy of the form and send the form via certified mail/return receipt requested so that you have evidence of your compliance with the law.<–Back to Immigration Law FAQs

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